This is Where I Change My Story

Helping young adults 18-26 address emotional trauma, addiction, and mood disorders

Treatment Exclusively for Young Adults

The transition to adulthood can become derailed by a number of factors. Young adults often find themselves feeling “in-between.” They’ve moved past adolescence and are eager for independence, but underlying issues can leave them stuck. The Claudia Black Young Adult Center offers groundbreaking inpatient treatment for those between the ages of 18-26 who are struggling with emotional trauma, addiction, or mental health issues like depression, ADHD, or anxiety. Our program features gender-specific groups, experiential treatment methods, and peer support — all targeted specifically to the unique needs of this age group.

Conditions We Treat

Recovery is Possible

Addiction Issues

Young adults tend to be less likely to seek professional help for addiction because they feel invincible, but the use of drugs or alcohol can go from recreational to problematic very quickly. Admitting there’s an issue is the first step, allowing recovery to begin.

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Whether related to addiction, relationships, or events, trauma can reverberate through our lives, following us into adulthood. That’s why we believe it’s important to address the root trauma at the heart of each patient’s struggle in order to help them find lasting healing.

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Mental Health

Substance abuse and emotional trauma are often intertwined with mental health issues. By also addressing any co-occurring conditions – from anxiety and depression to bipolar and ADHD — we can help decrease the risk of relapse and increase the likelihood of lasting recovery.

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Dr. Claudia Black

Internationally recognized for her pioneering work with family systems and addictive disorders, Dr. Claudia Black’s passion to help young adults overcome obstacles and strengthen families is the foundation of what we do here. Her work with children impacted by drug and alcohol addiction fueled the advancement of the codependency and developmental trauma fields, and today she is actively involved in this groundbreaking treatment program that bears her name.

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The Meadows and Claudia Black Young Adult Center Earn ASAM Certification

Awarded based on comprehensive criteria for outcome-oriented, results-based addiction treatment, we’re so proud to be one of the first to receive this distinction! ASAM certification numbers are not scores or ratings, instead 3.5 and 3.7 correlate to levels of care and intensity of services we provide.

ASAM Accreditation for The Meadows and Claudia Black Young Adult Center

How We Can Help

The most successful treatment combines a diverse range of powerful methodologies to foster support, discovery, and healing. Techniques like Somatic Experiencing®, neurofeedback, and holistic options work together to address the whole person. The Meadows Model at the core of our program is based on our own Pia Mellody’s groundbreaking Developmental Model of Immaturity. Our highly trained team sees you as more than just a diagnosis and works to create a personalized treatment plan designed to unlock the greatest potential for healing and growth.

Our mission at the Claudia Black Young Adult Center is to assist young adults in realizing their potential and to help them and their families forge recovery paths.

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Take A Tour

An hour from downtown Phoenix, Wickenburg is a former gold mining town that rests on the northern edge of the Sonoran Desert. Our beautiful 14-acre campus is dotted with cactus and surrounded by local wildlife. The setting may be serene, but there is plenty to do at the Claudia Black Young Adult Center. As part of our holistic treatment program, we offer, yoga, tai chi, and a fully stocked workout room. Popular lawn games are available, there’s a labyrinth for mindfulness and meditation, equine therapy, and our pool is open seasonally. But the best way to discover all we have to offer is to see it for yourself.

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Our experienced, compassionate Admissions team is here to help 24 hours a day and will treat you with the dignity and respect you deserve. Let our specialists help you create a road map to get you where you want to go: a healthier, more balanced, fulfilling place in life. When you call, you’ll be led through a series of questions to determine if the Claudia Black Young Adult Center is the right fit for your needs, and how soon your treatment can begin.

If you are interested in treatment for yourself or a loved one, call or fill out our convenient Admissions form!




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